“We hope everyone will join together on March 29, 2022, to honor Vietnam Veterans and their families during this 5th anniversary of National Vietnam War Veterans Day,” said Phil Waite, chief of strategic engagement for The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration. “These warriors – our Nation’s blood and treasure from a generation ago – deserve the Nation’s deepest gratitude!”

March 29th is National Vietnam War Veterans Day, and it is the perfect time to create a new meaningful tradition for a Vietnam Veteran. As a part of a national effort to recognize the men and women who were denied a proper welcome upon returning home more than 40 years ago, The Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017 was established as a day of national observance to honor the men and women whose sacrifices should not be forgotten.

More than 2.7 million Americans served in the Vietnam War, and it was the second-longest war in American history, lasting almost 20 years. Although women were barred from combat, more than 265,000 women served in the military during Vietnam. Approximately 11,000 women served in-country during the conflict in health care, communications, intelligence, and administrative positions. More than 5,000 women at the average age of 23 and a 12-month tour served as nurses in-country. These nurses performed medical procedures different from their predecessors in WWII through the help of helicopters and medevac, creating a higher rate of survival for our soldiers, even those with severe trauma. Despite these advances, the U.S. casualty rate was more than 58,000. As these brave young men and women returned to the U.S., they received hostile treatment and barely spoke of their service. Brave Veterans remaining silent about their experiences created complications regarding health issues such as post-traumatic stress and complications from Agent Orange.

VCC has created its entire March campaign to help support these courageous men and women. You can start by hanging a flag outside your office to promote the day. You can also become a commemorative partner of www.vietnamwar50th.com and sponsor an event honoring Vietnam Veterans. Through your partnership login, your event can become searchable on their website, and you will receive free partner materials to display proudly.

This is the perfect time to show support and make the day of a Vietnam Veteran whose homecoming was less than welcoming. Please join VCC in saying Thank You and Welcome Home to a Vietnam Veteran for their brave service to our nation.